Friday, February 28, 2014

Nautical Swimwear

This weekend they are predicting a big rainstorm here in Southern California (our first in a long time!). We are in a drought so the rain is definitely needed. But that doesn't mean I don't wish I was somewhere warm and beachy instead! In the spring I usually go on a work trip to somewhere tropical. I am not sure where we'll go this year but these nautical swim suits have me dreaming of vacation!

One piece in navy floating anchor, J.Crew Factory $59 (bikini top $27.50, bikini bottom $27.50)
J.Crew Factory navy floating anchor one piece
I bought and returned this. I wish J.Crew made swim suits in tall

Triangle bikini top in Cerulean Sea, J.Crew Factory $27.50 (bikini bottom $27.50)
J.Crew Factory cerulean sea bikini
the seahorse print is adorable and I love this shade of blue
J.Crew Factory cerulean sea bikini

Tommy Bahama sailboat bikini
the bottom is reversible so you can be in all sailboats or sailboats AND stripes!

Old Navy nautical print cross back one piece
Old Navy is on a roll this spring. I am definitely going to try this on. The print is cute and it's only $30!

Nautical print bikini top, Old Navy $20 (bottom $20)
Old Navy nautical print bikini
If you prefer a bikini you can get the Old Navy anchor print in a two piece for just $10 more

Front tie sailboats bikini top, Lands' End Canvas $20 (bottom $20)
Lands' End Canvas front tie sailboat bikini
The bow + polka dots + sailboats= cute overload

Dock diving one piece, Modcloth $111
Modcloth Dock Diving one piece
I love the rope design and navy/orange combination

Modcloth Sail to the Chief bikini
This looks like a fun suits with the ruffles on top and nautical charms on bottom

J.Crew Sail Away underwire tank one piece
Love love love this sailboat print with the red straps

J.Crew Sail Away underwire bikini

this post contains affiliate links

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nautical Photo of the Week: Navy and Pink Nautical Nursery

This week I am featuring a nautical nursery from a reader, M.F. I love hearing the inspiration behind the room. She writes, "The idea started because my husband and I aren't too into pink and wanted a navy based nursery regardless of what the baby's sex was going to be. Once we found out we were having a girl we decided touches of pink wouldn't hurt. Besides, pink and navy are so perfect together! The nautical theme just kind of happened from there!"

Whale blanket: Target
Crab nightlight: Lauren Anna Lei etsy shop
Turtle mirror: Pottery Barn Kids (currently on sale!)
Sailboat diaper storage: Pottery Barn Kids
Cursive E: Pottery Barn Kids
Changing pad cover: Pottery Barn Kids
Rug: Pottery Barn Kids
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Bunny, lamp/lampshade, bookcase, and dresser: Pottery Barn Kids

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Destination Nautical: California

It is always hard to narrow down my long list of places I want to visit but I kept it at 6 spots again. Since all of these are in my current state I really have no excuse: time for a road trip!

Previous posts in this series include: Destination Nautical Traditional (mostly the northeast), Destination Nautical South and Destination Nautical Phuket, Thailand

1. Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina (San Diego)
From the website: "Located on San Diego Bay, enjoy the beautiful San Diego city skyline, bay and marina views at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. We are just minutes from the historic Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, the San Diego Convention Center, the San Diego Zoo and many other great attractions."

2. The Cliffs Resort (Pismo Beach)
From the website: "Nestled halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, The Cliffs Resort is perched atop bluffs overlooking some of the world's most pristine beaches. Enjoy a Pismo Beach hotel unlike any other - inspired by, and in harmony with, its breathtaking ocean setting."

3. Argonaut Hotel (San Francisco)
From the website: "Located in the historic Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut's home is a grand building built in 1907 of exposed brick, Douglas Fir beams and so much seaside character, you feel as though you can almost reach out and touch the colorful Barbary Coast past here."

4. Avila Lighthouse Suites (Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County)
From the website: "Located just steps from the sand and surf of the Pacific Ocean in Avila Beach, Avila Lighthouse Suites is an all-suite luxury hotel offering world class service, comfortable and stylish guest suites and an unmatched location."

5. Shutters on the Beach (Santa Monica)
From the website: "Shutters on the Beach is a Santa Monica luxury hotel where you can look out your window and see there’s really nothing else to do today. A glass of wine, fresh oysters perhaps, a massage, maybe a nap. Shutters, where nothing stands between you and the sand." Note: I have been to the restaurant One Pico at Shutters but I have yet to stay the night in the hotel (staycation this spring?)

6. The Pierpont Inn (Ventura)
From the website: "The Historic Pierpont Inn was built in 1910 partly to accommodate the auto enthusiast traveling on the Pacific Coast Highway. Today, you will continue to find the Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn surrounded by the lush landscaping, charming rooms and quaint cottages. Our hotel is known for its outdoor wedding ceremonies in the Rose Garden and the Ocean Bluff."

Have you stayed at any of these hotels?
I would love to hear your nautical travel recommendations! Been to a hotel with an amazing ocean view? Cute nautical decor? Please share in the comments!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Karen Adam Designs

Right before Valentine's Day I received an email about Karen Adams Designs. It was too late to send out valentines (just look at this sweet one!) BUT not too late for some nautical cards. I am always up for adding nautical stationery to my collection! Karen Adams Designs sent me the Ahoy Box Set to review.

Karen Adams Designs
All of the boxed sets come in guessed it... (cute) box

Karen Adams Designs
The box has glitter in each design!

Karen Adams Designs
And so does each note card!

These are almost too pretty to use! The glitter is my favorite part. I wasn't expecting that and it's a fun detail! Something to make each card a bit more unique.

Karen Adams Designs
Glitter anchor

Karen Adams Designs
Buoys with some glitter

Karen Adams Designs
beautiful lighthouse with little glitter light at the top

Karen Adams Designs
Ship on a sea of glitter

All of the cards that are in the box set are available individually too: buoy note card, sailboat note card, light house, anchor

Karen Adams also offers personalized note cards
Karen Adams Designs

Invitations come in sets of 10 or 100 (birthday, baby, wedding, holiday and more!)
My favorite is the just beachy invitation
Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs
Simply Be-You-tiful; Dream Big, Darling; Work Hard & Be Kind; Be True to Who You Are

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Karen Adams Designs

Disclosure: Karen Adams Designs sent me the Ahoy Box Set to review. All words and opinions are my own

Monday, February 24, 2014

Baby photos + Reagan Museum Visit

Quick weekend update with some very cute photos (I am biased of course but nothing cuter than a sleeping baby!). On Saturday afternoon I went over to my sister's to visit with my nephews. The baby was super sleepy and relaxed. He was smiling up at my dad and it was just so sweet!

He was OUT!

On Sunday my mom and I went to The Reagan Museum. Every day for the past two months I have driven by a billboard advertising the new Spy Exhibit (open through March 9 if you are local). I love all things spy so I knew I wanted to go. I finally found a day that worked and we went yesterday. The weather was perfect and I am already planning my next visit (they are doing a Mother's Day brunch that my mom would love to go to)
About to give a speech

I had actually never been to The Reagan Museum before so we went through the whole place, including going inside Air Force One. This Air Force One flew Reagan over 660,000 miles (26 foreign countries and 46 U.S. states).

Nancy Reagan was a very fashionable first lady!

The spy exhibit was fun but very crowded. The line to do the laser maze was too long-tons of kids! I always loved the Spy Museum in DC so it was great to get my spy fix here this time!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Seasodies are unique fish created from re-purposed two-liter soda bottles. Hang them in your home, beach house, on the patio or deck, by your pool, etc. The possibilities are endless! You can find them in shops along the East Coast or order directly from the Seasodies factory in Rhode Island. Seasodies are handmade and cost $14 each

On Mother's Day 2005, The Sullivan family sold their first batch of Seasodies to a gift shop in Mystic, Connecticut. They haven't stopped making them ever since!


The original handpainted Seasodies

Flowernders come in five soft colors


Beachcomber Scents are filled with assorted botanicals that not only have a fresh, natural look but add fragrance to wherever they are floating
Seasodies beachcomber scent
fresh lemonade
Seasodies beachcomber scent
ocean breeze
Seasodies beachcomber scent
passion fruit

Sticky Fins are the newest creations from Seasodies. They are filled with delicious salt water taffy!
Seasodies sticky fins


At the beginning of 2014, Seasodies decided it was time to start giving back! That's how "Buy a Fish, Save a Fish" was created. .25 of every Seasodie sold will go directly to saving fish. If there is an ocean organization in your area that you would like Seasodies to give to, just let them know when you order.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...